Learn the rules of the road: Indicators that the pavement needs replacement

Learn the rules of the road: Indicators that the pavement needs replacement

Read the signs on the road to pavement recovery

Ah, the pavement – the ‘Therapy Friend’ of our daily travels. We drive, walk, and cycle on it without giving much thought to the wear and tear it endures.

But, just like all the other supportive, steadfast and dependable structures in our lives, even our asphalt needs a wellness check from time to time. In short, pavement has a limited lifespan, and when it starts to show its age, it’s time to consider a replacement.

So come along as we explore the unmistakable indicators that your pavement needs a fresh start. We can’t promise a bump-free ride, but we can ensure a smooth recovery.

Pavement fatigue cracks: when fine lines aren’t so fine

Pavement cracks are like the wrinkles of the road, showing its age whether you like it or not. These cracks allow moisture to seep in, further damaging the pavement. Especially for properties residing in a full, four-season climate (*cough cough* Canada), the water freezing and thawing leads to expanding and contracting, exerting pressure on the surrounding pavement and creating more extensive problems down the road, so to speak.

When your pavement looks like a spider’s web, with interconnected cracks crawling their way across the surface, it’s time for action.

Potholes: Putting your pavement party in the hole

When potholes start popping up like party confetti, and the pavement resembles a minefield for your tires, it’s time to take action. These tire eaters form when water infiltrates cracks in the road, undergoes freeze-thaw cycles, and weakens the pavement. The weight of passing vehicles further damages the pavement, causing it to break apart and create depressions in the road surface.

Don’t let visitors’ (or even your) car’s suspension become the pinata of this party, and react with professional treatment promptly.

Kick your pavement problems to the curb with curb maintenance

Cracked or uneven curbs are not just an eyesore; they’re also a fall hazard, forcing you to curb your enthusiasm and replace those pavement ledges. Functionally speaking, by helping to manage water drainage and maintain the structural integrity of the pavement, well-maintained curbs prevent water from infiltrating and eroding the pavement’s base into potholes and other signs of pavement damage.

Additionally, curbs provide support to the road’s edge, preventing it from crumbling and deteriorating over time – so show some love in return and make sure to support your support system.

Address pavement replacement to avoid drainage distress

Pavement is supposed to be your shield against water, not a sponge that soaks it up.

Over time, through heavy and high-volume traffic, as well as full-spectrum-weather wear and tear, the pavement can become uneven, warped and worn down. Additionally, catch basins can crack or deteriorate, leading to clogging and malfunction. In both cases, these issues produce standing water accumulation, which can weaken the road’s foundation and accelerate pavement deterioration. As a result, properly functioning catch basins are crucial for maintaining road quality and safety.

The road less travelled is less travelled for a reason

The traditional rock-solid guides in our lives may advise against taking the path of least resistance, but when it comes to the pavement, a slick road is always more promising than a bumpy ride. More simply put: ignoring the signs that it needs replacement can lead to costly consequences, not to mention frustrated drivers and pedestrians.

So, when the road starts showing its thinning patience for external wear and tear through potholes, cracks, and ruts, don’t wait until it suffers a structural breakdown. Invest in a fresh start for your road to ensure safe and smooth travels for everyone. Remember, a well-maintained property isn’t just a convenience; it’s a sign of a thriving, responsible community.

Contact Fort York Paving to get started today.

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